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National Project Coordinator

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Tunis, Tunisie
National Project Coordinator

Post Level: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)
Vacancy Announcement
Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Vacancy Announcement No : VA2022_ISA_EXT_011
Duty Station : Lebanon
Date of Issuance : 18 January 2022
Type of Appointment : Individual Service Agreement
Employment Fraction : NonStaff-Regular
Closing Date : 08 February 2022

Organizational Context
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).

The Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR) provides a range of technical cooperation services to assist developing countries add value to the output of their agricultural sector and generate employment opportunities in off-farm activities for rural communities, thereby contributing to increased food security and a sustainable reduction of poverty. The department provides support for the development of agri-business corridors in developing countries in collaboration with International Financial Institutions. The Department drives the Organization’s mandates of creating shared prosperity and advancing economic competitiveness. It supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. With its programmes, the Department addresses the root causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin.

This position is located under the Agro-Industries and Industrial Skills Development Division (DTA/AGR/AIS), which provides a range of specialized services and knowhow to address the specific needs of Member States in the industrial processing of nonfood agricultural produce and technical skills development to provide their populations with sustainable livelihoods.


In view of the long term structural challenges that Lebanon is facing as well as the profound effects that the subsequent crises are having on its economy, there is ongoing need to support job creation and inclusive economic growth especially for women and youth in the most disadvantaged areas. The Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP), co-lead by UNIDO and FAO and implemented with UNDP, ILO, UNWOMEN and UNICEF presents a comprehensive approach to supporting the manufacturing (agro-food) and agriculture sectors in Lebanon, identified as having a high potential for job generation for women and youth.

The PSDP was designed to include interlinked activities on the Macro, Meso and Micro levels and present a flagship example for joint service delivery and for promoting the “Delivering as One” approach between the implementing UN agencies. Building on its long term experience in supporting the agro-food sector in Lebanon, UNIDO’s role on the Meso level is to set up an export promotion centre which will work directly with 25 private sector exporters (50% women-led) on meeting quality standards, integrating product innovation and marketing, and facilitating knowledge sharing and B2B partnerships at the national and international levels. On the micro Level, UNIDO will be providing technical support and training to 15-20 MSMEs and agriculture cooperatives (50% women led), as well as more than 500 individuals (75% women) in value chains that have high potential for job generation for women. The programme is supported by the Lebanon Recovery Fund and will be implemented within 3 years.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Project Manager (DTA/AGR/AIS) at the UNIDO Headquarter, the National Project Coordinator (NPC) will be responsible for the implementation of day-to-day activities related to the project. The NPC will ensure a high accuracy of work and demonstrate a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy, tact and the ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

DUTY STATION: Beirut, Lebanon
DURATION: six (6) months

Main Functions
Project management and coordination:
- Liaise with the Project Manager at HQ on all substantial issues related to project planning and execution;
- Prepare bi-weekly progress emails to be sent to UNIDO HQ and Field Office summarizing a status quo of the project activities carried out;
- In full coordination with the Project manager and the UNIDO Country Representative, maintain effective coordination and working relations with the relevant Ministries, Governorate/District authorities and other stakeholders;
- Undertake and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the project, guided by the project document and the annual work plan and budget;
- Draft Terms of Reference and Technical Specifications for the recruitment of other project staff (national and international) and purchase of goods/services, according to project needs and budget allocation;
- Support the Project Manager in selecting candidates and suppliers according to UNIDO rules and regulations;
- Supervise the day to day work of the project team, including project assistants, driver, and ad hoc consultants recruited for the project;
- Oversee correct use of assets including vehicle and any other project-supplied equipment;
- Be the project focal point for the data collection and reporting to the program M&E framework as well as the report according to UNIDO IRPF framework.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting:
- Represent UNIDO at the PSDP Programme Management Unit meetings and Steering Committee meetings (if the Project Manager is not available);
- Ensure continuous coordination with UN implementing partners throughout the project cycle;
- Prepare inputs and background documents for the PMT and Steering Committee Meetings;
- Provide the necessary input in the PSDP M&E framework to be developed by the RCO, Gender Equality strategy and any relevant document;
- Act as focal point for UNIDO vis a vis the PSDP Programme Coordinator and provide her/him with any input on UNIDO activities as required;
- Work with the Gender Advisor on making sure that gender is mainstreamed throughout UNIDO activities.

Workshops, meetings, conferences, seminars and trainings:
- Coordinate the organization of the participatory workshops, training activities, distribution of inputs, etc.;
- Prepare and implement training courses and programmes;
- Assist the PSDP Programme Coordinator (RCO) in the preparation of any conference/ workshops/seminars/launching event;

Project visibility:
- In liaison with the communication expert at HQ and in the UNIDO field office, support the development of the communication and visibility strategy for the project;
- Coordinate input texts for promotional materials including project fact sheets, press releases, website etc. as needed;
- Assist in promoting the project via social media, brochures and other tools, developing promotional videos/material, and promoting the PSDP is meeting etc. based on the communication strategy.

Core Competencies
Core Values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential – and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in economics, education, public policy, rural development, agricultural engineering or other relevant discipline.

Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of other languages of the UN is desirable.

Field of Expertise
At least five (5) years professional experience in the implementation of development/technical cooperation projects at national level, particularly in education, skills development, rural development projects or in fields relevant to the post, is required.
• Experience in project coordination, including monitoring and evaluation of development/technical cooperation projects, is desirable.
• Experience in working with UN agencies, NGOs on development projects and the donor community in Lebanon, is desirable.
• Experience in dealing with local institutions, government and relevant, is desirable.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.
All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.
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